It's a tough question, and, well, you might not like the answers. In PvE, broadly speaking, tactical builds are usually the most useful (there are
exceptions). That doesn't mean science is useless! But to contribute as much as the normal cookie-cutter escort you have to fly like a demon. Of course, it might be more fun...
PvP is another story, but there are better places than here for that sort of advice.
Generally though, you want to pick what you're going to do (debuff, crowd control, support, damage(?), etc) and then min-max as much as you possibly can. What's that? You want the bad guys to have no shields ever
? Take anything that'll buff flow capacitors, get the tetryon glider, tetryon weapons, and some viral matrices. Or you want to do shield-bypass damage - run low-aux and use tractor beam repulsors with lots of particle generators, take transphasic torpedoes and disruptor energy weapons. Supporting? Sci-heals can be very strong, and repulsors will always be handy if you just want to move people.
So, yes. Science can be good and fun. Some of the skills are trash and some of them are good. Supporting is good if the people you're supporting are decent. If they aren't... it will be bad times.
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